Mission Jeanne d’Arc Participated in Exercise KANAWA

May 29, 2019 (Google Translation) – On 25 and 26 May 2019, the amphibious helicopter carrier (PHA) Tonnerre engaged in the mission Jeanne d’Arc 2019 and the armed forces in the West Indies (FAA) participated in the amphibious exercise KANAWA in cooperation with the Dutch Navy. This exercise aimed to improve the joint reaction capacity of the French and Dutch forces to cope with a crisis situation related to a climatic event or a natural disaster. The exercise has implemented significant resources planned from Martinique and this in three dimensions…

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Belgium Naval & Robotics Awarded MCM Construction Contract

May 22, 2019 – Today, the Belgium Naval & Robotics consortium, composed of Naval Group and ECA Group, was awarded the contract to supply twelve mine-hunting vessels to the Belgian and Dutch navies. Equipped with around 100 drones, constituting approximately ten drone systems (toolboxes), six ships are destined for the Belgian Navy, while the other six will be delivered to the Dutch Navy. The contract, worth nearly two billion euros, will last ten years. After a three-year design phase, Belgium Naval & Robotics will launch the production phase of the ships…

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860 Squadron celebrates 75th anniversary

Google Translation 860 Squadron exists today (June 15) 75 years. The squadron is now the operational NH90 squadron of the Defense Helicopter Command. On 15 June 1943, a group of Dutch people laid the basis for aircraft squadron 860 at the Scottish Donibristle airfield. This had to cope with the German U-boat threat on the Atlantic Ocean. The crews flew with the Fairey Swordfish aircraft from so-called Merchant Aircraft Carriers, converted cargo ships with a flight deck of about 150 by 15-20 meters. The Netherlands did with 2 Shell tankers:…

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A look at Dutch Defence news 3 – 9 April

In order to tackle future challenges, the armed forces need to cooperate with new partners. The question of how this cooperation can be achieved was central to the Future Force Conference held in February. The final report of the conference, which was published on 5 April, contains specific but not always obvious recommendations, such as the recommendation to increase the involvement of young people in policy-making. Image: Key note speaker Ana Saldarriaga (28). During the conference, Defence and The Hague Centre for Strategic Studies brought together over 1,200 authoritative speakers…

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A look at Dutch Defence news 27 March – 2 April

April 5, 2017 – Thirty-two navy ships, five submarines, ten helicopters, 60 aircraft and 7,600 soldiers are taking part in Joint Warrior, a major UK-led exercise that started on 27 March. The Netherlands is represented by two frigates, a submarine, two minesweepers, an explosive ordnance disposal team and other units. A look at the Defence news 27 March – 2 April. The UK holds the Joint Warrior exercise twice a year. Navy, air force and army units participate in the exercise. The participating units go through training in tactics and…

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